What’s Your Sign?

Check Out Your March 2020 Sun Sign Reading Now!

So, guess what – I did a thing. I faced my fears and created my very own You Tube channel today where you can find a reading for each of the 12 Sun Signs now available for your viewing pleasure.

We’re all busy people right? So, as much as I love to sit and watch long, in-depth reads if I have the time, there are times when I fancy watching a reading but haven’t got much time to spare. Hence why I created the “3 Cards 3 Minute” readings – tarot readings for busy people!

So whether you’re a Gorgeous Gemini, a Clever Capricorn, a Saucy Scorpio or an Audacious Aries why not go check out the channel and subscribe by clicking the little bell in the top right corner, which by the way is a great way to support the channel. An added bonus is that you’ll get notified whenever new content is uploaded so you don’t miss a thing (although you can alter this if you wish to in the settings):

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmooI7savAfP5lNHOZ8-zWg/.

As we’re in Pisces season, I’ve uploaded their reading to this post to say Happy Birthday to our Pretty Pisceans:

Happy Birthday Pisces!

Bearing in mind that none of this was planned or scripted content and was something I simply followed my intuition with today to just create, please bear with me in the You Tube content creating learning process!

Also bear in mind, that as these are general readings not all of the messages will resonate with everyone – for that you’ll need a private read, full details of which you can find on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/HolisticLivingWithCarla/services. As such, take what applies for you from the free readings and leave the rest.

Other than that, I really hope you all enjoy and feel free to like, share and subscribe:)

What’s Your Vibe Quiz

What’s Your Soul’s Energy Vibe?

It’s been a while since I’ve posted, or even done, an online quiz on the site so, if you’ve got 5 minutes to kill and a burning desire to know what your soul’s energy vibe is, why not follow the link and find out? https://play.howstuffworks.com/quiz/whats-your-souls-energy-vibe?utm_source=share-copy&utm_medium=referral

I got:

Healing Vibe

When you answered our questions, your soul was open and giving. You give off such a kind and healing vibe that a lot of your energy seems to be focused around wellness. People feel drawn to your calm nature, and you are always there to lend a hand. Your friends have learned that your brand of caring is rare, and they cherish your soul’s energy!”

Kind of interesting given the purpose of this site!

I’d love to know what you got in the comments and if you think your results were accurate.

Trouble Sleeping?

Try a “Head Orgasm”!

Or to give it its technical term, ASMR, short for Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response. Fans of the relaxation method have also referred to it feeling like a brain massage, similar to how background or white noise is used by some people to lull them to sleep.

What is it?

Basically, it’s a tingly sensation in your head and/or body caused by hearing certain sounds, usually tactile, soft and repetitive, such as whispering, tapping, scratching, using scissors, striking a match or ripping of paper, for example. In fact, on You Tube there are literally hundreds of videos of folk doing just that which until I tried it, frankly, I was certain would be more annoying than relaxing to listen to. I was wrong.

Is it for You?

There’s probably an ASMR video for pretty much every scenario you can think of. Some take more of a healing “reiki” based approach. Others are role plays where questions are asked of you in various settings whether at a doctors, a make up artist or a hairdressers, all whilst various other noises are made in the background. Then there are the more imaginative role plays: a vampire’s snack, alien abductee, zombie apocalypse!

Does it Work?

I can only speak from personal experience and I find it intensely relaxing, but of course some videos are more relaxing than others. If you’re trying it for sleep-inducing purposes, I’d suggest a reiki/healing-based ASMR video, at least initially. I rarely make it to the end of one of these videos without drifting off into a deep, relaxing sleep.

Is it Safe?

The general consensus on the internet at least seems to be that where ASMR is used for relaxation purposes in adults, then it is thought to be relatively risk-free. As with any new practice, I’d always recommend doing your own research, speaking to your own health care provider and factoring in your own specific health needs before giving it a try yourself.

If you’ve factored all that in however and are ASMR-curious, why not give it a try and see how much better you sleep? Or feel free to share this article with someone who you know needs a good night’s sleep.

Feeling Undecided?

Decisions, Decisions

If you love the story The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe by C S Lewis but haven’t yet read the prequel to it, The Magician’s Nephew, then first of all get yourself a copy of it as it really sets up the later stories (7 in total), explaining how it is that the wardrobe leads to a magical world, for example.

In fact, it always surprises me how few people know that there even is a prequel. Maybe this is because the 3 Disney films now available in the series start with the second, but better-known, story of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, followed naturally by Prince Caspian and The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.

“The Deeper Magic”

When I was younger and read The Magician’s Nephew, it was just a very good story but, as I’ve said in previous blogs, what makes a story good to me these days is something that stays with you even after you’ve finished reading. In this case, what stayed with me was the following poem from the story:

"Make your choice, adventurous Stranger,
Strike the bell and bide the danger,
Or wonder, till it drives you mad,
What would have followed if you had."


C S Lewis - The Magician's Nephew

Slightly dark for a kids’ book really! A lot of truth in the message though – how many times have we said something to ourselves like “I’d rather do it and regret it afterwards then spend my whole life wondering what might have come of it if I’d done it”. This poem, read as a child just because I liked fantasy stories, is something that comes back to me, again and again, whenever I’m on the fence about something, because it always helps me make up my mind.

What about you – is there a favourite book quote you find comes back to you at certain times? Or could the above poem help you make up your mind?

What’s Your Favourite Book?

What’s Your Favourite Book?

Too many to choose! I once saw a Pinterest quote that said something like asking a book-lover to choose their favourite book is like asking a mother to choose their favourite child.

So many books, genres, styles of writing, characters, worlds. Is it possible to narrow it down to one? I consider myself a book-lover and the book I come back to time and again to re-read is without a doubt Emily Brönte’s Wuthering Heights.  

Surely, this is what defines a favourite – a tale we return to, no matter how many times we’ve read it, to re-live the lives of our favourite characters, to a world and/or a time we have fallen in love with and to be an intimate observer of our hero or heroine’s highs and lows.

But I think what makes us really resonate with a writer or book so deeply is when a particular phrase jumps out at us from one of its pages and stays with you even after you finish reading the book.  It is these timeless phrases that, for me, define a classic.

My favourite quote from the book itself is the popular:

“Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same”.

Wuthering Heights – Emily Brönte

It is that soulmate, twin-flame energy, between the doomed Heathcliffe and Cathy, that is so reminiscent to me of those other tragic lovers, Romeo & Juliet. The reason why Wuthering Heights endures for me over Romeo and Juliet, however, is the longevity of the relationship and depth of emotion between its two main characters.

Following the twists and turns of Cathy and Heathcliffe’s tumultuous relationship with one another as they grow and begin to navigate their lives according to societal norms, rather than following their hearts is something I’ve been guilty of myself too many times in too many situations.  But, at its heart, Wuthering Heights is a tragic, brutally honest love story, set and written in a time when women were themselves expected to live their lives according to societal norms.  The author herself felt the need to release her book under an assumed male name, (as did her also talented sisters) Ellis Bell, as women were simply not supposed to feel or write “like that”.

Sometimes the best books are the ones where the author’s stories are as interesting as the book itself. It adds another layer of meaning to a story you already love, an opportunity to see the world of the book through the eyes of the world of the author.

What’s your favourite book and its quote? How did it make you see the world differently? Comment below.